The Obit For Al Van Alstyne

Allen D. Van Alstyne
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 2:12 AM EST

Allen D. Van Alstyne, of Kinderhook, N.Y., died peacefully on Thursday, January 5, 2012, surrounded by family after a courageous struggle with cancer.

Al, son of Clayton E. Van Alstyne and Martha (Atchison) Van Alstyne of Stuyvesant, N.Y., was born on July 6th, 1927. He graduated from Martin Van Buren High School in Kinderhook, NY, in 1944.

Al entered St. Lawrence University after serving in the Philippines in the Navy from 1945-1946. He graduated with the class of 1951. He was inducted into the St. Lawrence University Hall of Fame in 2003 for both baseball and basketball.

He married Joan L. (Van Dusen) Van Alstyne on February 23rd, 1952.

Al enjoyed a professional baseball career in the Boston Red Sox organization for seven years.

A retired financial planner for the Cigna Insurance Company, he earned his CLU degree at Albany Law School, and is a lifetime member of the President’s Club of Cigna Life Insurance Company.

Al and Joan raised four children; Lynda G. Van Alstyne (Dean Hurley) of Old Chatham, NY, David A. Van Alstyne (Stephany Hughitt) of Marietta, Georgia, Lori V.A. Slavin (Jeff Slavin) of Medfield, Massachusetts, and Dean E. Van Alstyne of Columbiaville, N.Y. They are blessed with six grandchildren; Eben and Mason Hurley, Ryan and Kaitlyn Van Alstyne, Matthew Dresens and Shane Van Alstyne.

He is predeceased by brothers Clayton E. Van Alstyne Jr., and Roger Van Alstyne of Valatie, NY. He is survived by brother Richard G. Van Alstyne of Kinderhook, NY.

Al was a very active member of the Northern Columbia County Rotary Club and his church, the Dutch Reformed Church of Kinderhook, N.Y.

Friends and relatives are invited to attend the funeral service on Sunday, January 15th at 2 PM, at the Dutch Reformed Church of Kinderhook, NY, on Broad St. in Kinderhook.

Expressions of sympathy may be made in Al’s honor (in lieu of flowers) to; The American Cancer Society, The Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene, The Dutch Reformed Church of Kinderhook, N.Y.